Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Drunken Pear Cake

With a name like "drunken pear" how could you resist this cake recipe? I made this for my family when I went back home this weekend to celebrate a combination birthday party for my Dad and I.             I was trying out different bundt cake recipes (since my mom stole my bundt pan) at the house and found they had so many pears. Plus, there was this white wine in the fridge... it was eyeing me! So I decided, what the hell, we always combine bourbon with cakes, we could use wine too right? Yes! Make sure you grease the pan tons before adding pears so that it comes out perfectly and doesn't have any missing pear slices!

Pear glaze
1 can Pear halves in heavy syrup (1 lb. 3 oz)
1/4 c. Heavy syrup from pears
1/2 c. White wine (chardonnay)
2 tbs. Dark brown sugar
2 Cinnamon sticks
1 tsp. Ground nutmeg
juice of 1/2 lemon
zest of 1 lemon

3 c. AP flour, sifted
1 2/3 c. white sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. sea salt
1 c. Milk
1/4 c. heavy syrup from pears
4 whole eggs, cold
2 tsp. Pure vanilla extract
2 c. Unsalted Butter, softened
1 tbs. Unsalted butter/shortening (for greasing pan)

Directions: Preheat oven 325 deg. F.
Glaze: Strain canned pears but keep the syrup. Cut pear halves into quarters. Should get 2 slices/ half. In a saucepan under medium-high heat, add 1/2 c. heavy syrup from pears and white wine. Lay out pear slices. Add remaining glaze ingredients and bring to boil. Once it's boiled, drop heat to low-medium, and simmer until liquid is reduced by 3/4. Should get only about 3 tbs. of thick liquid when done. This takes about 12 minutes. Let pan and pears cool. Remove cinnamon sticks before plating.

Cake: Whisk together dry ingredients. In a small bowl mix milk, syrup from pear, eggs and vanilla. Alternate combining cut butter and wet ingredients with the dry mix. Beat until combined and smooth ~ 3-4 minutes.

Grease a bundt pan with unsalted butter or shortening. Layout pear slices (no syrup). Add batter on top of pear mix stopping half way. Drizzle about 1 tbs. of syrup on the batter. Continue to fill the pan until all batter is gone. Even out with a spatula and bake for 58 minutes or until the toothpick comes out dry.

When cake is done baking, let cool for about 12-15 minutes in the pan before attempting to take it out. Drizzle remaining 2 tbs. of syrup (may need to heat it up again if it's become solid) on top of thecake. ~ENJOY!

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